How To Take Care Of Silk ?

 

As the "fiber queen", silk has been favored by people throughout the ages with its unique charm. The clothing made of mulberry silk has a light, thin, soft and smooth texture. It has good heat preservation, moisture absorption, moisture dissipation and air permeability, and it also has a certain protective effect on the skin. But at the same time, the silk material is also very delicate and requires careful care.

▼Wearing

Do not contact with rough or sharp objects to prevent snagging. Once snagging occurs, do not pull strongly. You can gently pull the silk clothes or scarves to both sides in the direction of the snags to relieve it;

Do not spray perfume or cosmetics on silk products, because the alcohol content inside will cause the protein in the silk fiber to deteriorate and yellow. Once contaminated, wash it as soon as possible;

Once you sweat, try to wash it on the same day to avoid yellowing sweat stains;

Avoid contact with corrosive substances;

Do not approach the fire.

If there are wrinkles when wearing but it is not convenient to iron, you can prepare a bottle of wrinkle spray, spray it on, pat and stroke, the clothes will be smoother. There are good anti-wrinkle sprays like the Kao made-in Japan and Secrets of Grandma made-in US.

▼Washing

Dry cleaning is of course the most labor-saving, but silk can also be washed by hand or even machine.

It is best to use water whose temperature does not exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Do not use hot water, because silk is a kind of protein, which is prone to yellowing at overheated temperatures.

Be sure to use a special silk wool lotion for treatment, neutral detergent (such as silk wool clean, shower gel), soaking time is best not to exceed 10 minutes, do not use soap or washing powder;

Dark silk clothes must be washed and dried separately. When washing dark clothes, add appropriate amount of white vinegar or salt to fix the color;

Unless otherwise specified, do not directly touch the silk fabric with detergent. Instead, dissolve an appropriate amount of detergent in water, and then soak the laundry for 5 minutes. The amount of water is enough to cover the silk fabric, and gently rub the stained area with your fingers;

After washing, take out the silk fabric directly from the water without wringing dry. Hang the silk fabric with a wide hanger of appropriate size. If you don’t want to iron it, you can smooth out the wrinkles by hand when it is 70% to 80% dry.

After washing, silk fabric should not be exposed to the sun, nor should the silk fabric be dried in a dryer. Generally, silk fabric should be placed in a cool and ventilated area to dry, because the ultraviolet rays of the sun can easily cause silk fabric to yellow, fade and age.

If there are stains that cannot be removed by ordinary detergents, you can choose some laundry detergents such as THE LAUNDRESS STAIN SOLUTION, which can pre-treat key stains and can directly contact clothing. Its main ingredient is biodegradable and plant-based It is a matrix surfactant and active concentrated scouring ingredients. The method of use is very simple: find the stain, apply an appropriate amount of scouring cleaning solution directly on the stain, after 3-5 minutes,  washing it in the water according to the normal steps.

If you are unwilling to wash by hand, first confirm whether the washing machine at home has the function of silk or soft mode when you put it in the washing machine. It needs to be washed separately from hard and thick clothes. If you have to wash it with other fabric, you can put it in a laundry bag. Prevent clothes from snagging.

▼Ironing

Silk fabrics are prone to wrinkles after washing, which will affect the texture of the silk. Ironing is required to restore the silk’s  elegant characteristics.

Ironing should be carried out when the silk fabric is dried to 70% to 80%, and the temperature should be controlled within 100-150 °C. If there are uneven ironing wrinkles, you can properly spray clean water during ironing. When ironing, it is best to put a clean white cloth on the back of the silk fabric before ironing. For novices, it is not recommended that the iron directly touch the front of the silk fabric for ironing.

▼Storage

Silk fabric should be cleaned, dried, ironed and stored flat. After ironing, it can eliminate bacteria and mites and prevent mildew. You can hang them in the closet or put them flat in the drawer to avoid creases appear. Keep the closet clean, ventilated, and do not place mothballs and other chemical-containing items to avoid damage to the silk fabric.

 

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